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Fri, April 19

Samurai attacker: I'm guilty

Christopher Janes

Christopher Janes

KINGMAN - A 49-year-old Kingman man could receive up to 10 years in prison when sentenced next month for stabbing his wife with a samurai sword in an attack that almost killed her.

Christopher Mitchell Janes pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault by domestic violence. He was arrested in August after his wife reported being stabbed by her husband with a decorative samurai sword several feet in length during an argument at the couple's home in the 1600 block of John L. Avenue.

The woman was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center by a friend following the attack, where she underwent surgery. It was only then that doctors discovered that the sword had pierced the woman all the way through, entering on her left side and exiting out her chest. She suffered an injured portion of her aorta, a pierced diaphragm and a collapsed lung.

She has since filed for divorce and is seeking sole custody of the couple's 12-year-old son, who was in the home at the time of the assault. The couple had been married for 12 years.

Janes will be sentenced by Superior Court Commissioner Derek Carlisle.


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